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[Build Ready] Just a couple of last minute questions.

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September 21, 2011 1:40:48 AM

Hey guys thanks for checking this out. OK, here is the deal...I have purchased most of these parts back in February-march and everything worked fine until middle of august. Then for whatever reason when I opened the case just to clean it, (with some compressed air) my pc no longer booted. I had a red cpu light on.

So, I took it back to microcenter in yonkers. (Where I had the pc built), and had them do a diagnostic test. Determined it was my Asus P8P67 Pro 3.0 motherboard that was bad. After back and forth battle with a bunch of people at Asus I got them to send me a brand new Asus P8P67 pro 3.1 model. But, I became inpatient during the whole back and forth discussion and went and purchase an ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 motherboard.

Since I'm going to have my pc built I decided to add a few extras to my original build. M4 256 SSD, Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200, LITE-ON iHBS212-08

Just a couple of questions.

1. Any compatibility issues evident?
2. Should I use the P8P67 Pro 3.1 or the ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 motherboard
3. Are sound cards worth purchasing? Or is my onboard sound good enough. ASRock supports 7.1 so I though it might be good enough.
4. Is my power supply good enough? I thought I was underpowered before at 850w, so I went and purchased a Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W

My Pc.
OS
windows 7 Pro x64 SP 1
CPU
I5 2500K
Motherboard
ASRock Z68 PROFESSIONAL GEN3 LGA 1155 Intel Z68 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

Memory
G.SKILL Ripjaws X Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DD, G.SKILL Ripjaws Series 8GB (2 x 4GB) 240-Pin DDR3 SDRAM DDR3 1600 (PC3 12800) Desktop Memory Model F3-12800CL9D-8GBRL. 16 gb total

Graphics Card(s)
Evga 580 gtx Superclocked sli reference Evga 580 gtx

Sound Card
N/A

Monitor(s) Displays
Acer HN274H 3D Vision-ready LCD Monitor

Screen Resolution
1920x1080p

Hard Drives
x2 Western Digital Caviar Black WD2001FASS 2TB 7200 RPM 64MB
Crucial M4 CT256M4SSD2CCA 2.5" 256GB SATA III SSD

PSU
Antec High Current Pro HCP-1200 1200W ATX12V / EPS12V SLI Ready 80 PLUS GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply

Case

COOLER MASTER HAF 922

Cooling
Cooler Master RR-B10-212P-G1 Hyper 212 Plus

Keyboard
Logitech K750 solar panel

Mouse
Logitech G400

Internet SpeedEdit Value
25mbps up/down

Selling ASUS P8P67 Pro Rev 3.1 Brand new never used, and used for two months CORSAIR|CMPSU-850HX 850W RT

Thanks guys,

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September 21, 2011 7:32:12 AM

From what I can see everything looks compatible.

The GEN3 motherboard is probably your best option.

Generally sound cards aren't worth purchasing. The motherboards (both that you listed) come with onboard 7.1 audio outputs.

1200w PSU will be MORE THAN ENOUGH for SLI 580's you could probably even shove a third card in there with that kind of power (this would depend on your motherboard having 3-way SLI support though).

Make sure you get your OS installed on that new Crucial M4 too :)  You'll certainly notice the faster boot times.

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September 28, 2011 12:01:52 AM

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